Thursday, 25 February 2010
Just a quick note to flag up the latest developments on the project. First, we're nearly finished with the processing of the pottery and bone from the 2009 season thanks to the tremendous efforts of members of the Durham and Northumberland Archaeological and Architectural Society, who have performed wonders. Second, we're in the middle of finalising plans for the 2010 excavation season, which will run roughly during June and July this summer. We'll provide more details once we have them. Finally, whilst I was down in London yesterday for a meeting of the Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society I was able to spend some time in the British Library. Whilst I was mainly working on stuff related to another research project of mine, I also had a chance to do a bit of chasing archival material related to Binchester, and I was able to track down a late 18th century view of Binchester as seen from Bishop Auckland. It was drawn by the Swiss artist Samuel Grimm in the 1780s during a tour he took through County Durham and Northumberland. It shows Binchester Hall and its surroundings, although little can be seen of the Roman remainsa at the site. I shall arrange to have a scan made of the image and when I get it, I'll pop a copy on the blog.